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April 1, 2008--LCA joined other members of the cancer community by signing onto a letter in support of the nursing workforce programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). LCA supports the efforts underway to increase funding to address the nursing shortage.
LCA signed on to a letter, written by the Oncology Nursing Society, and sent to the House and Senate Labor and Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittees advocating $200 million be provided in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 for the Nurse Reinvestment Act and other federal nursing workforce programs at HRSA.
The nursing community has united again this year in calling for an allocation of $200 million as the level of investment necessary in FY 2009 to sustain the current rate of support for nursing students as well as expand support to include additional individuals interested in becoming a nurse and/or nursing faculty. This is the same amount that the nursing community requested in FY 2008.
By bringing the power and influence of the multitude of individual cancer organizations and cancer coalitions, this effort will we prove fruitful in this endeavor to secure increased FY 2009 funding to address the nursing and nursing faculty shortages.